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Casa Rio

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Downtown
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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430 E. Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
+1 210-225-6718
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Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner here. We dined inside as the temperature was very high outside. They had a mariachi band move through which was nice. The prices were fair as well.

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Thank Lisa S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This restaurant is located on the world famous River walk. The food is very flavorful and great. Service was second to none. They also have amazing margaritas.

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Thank cesdavher
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visiting sis-in-law in TX and we were taken around sight seeing @ the Riverwalk... Found out that Casa Rio was "the first business to open it's doors to the river" in 1946, decided to eat here for experience. Noticed though that it is hard to get there if you had a stroller or if you were on a wheelchair. Accessible,... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can take a guided tour on the River Boats abs enjoy a meal at the same time, they do cater to large parties or small. Mexican food is what they serve. Various alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks are available, cost not included in the meal. Each person needs to be able to board the boat. Strollers can be folded... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of festive umbrellas call you to have a seat and enjoy the SATX atmosphere...really good food and attentive employees! Had a bank-side table and a great vantage point to watch all the activity the Riverwalk brings. Had a fun, relaxed dinner - wait staff took the time to check on us frequently (not annoyingly) and we did not feel... More 

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Thank Shari L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was by far my favorite stop on the River Walk! The food, the service, and the atmosphere were all top-notch. It also happened to be the most affordable place we ate on the River Walk. I would consider this, the original River Walk restaurant, a must do for anyone traveling to San Antonio.

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Thank Sararomayne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food and drinks. It was crowded but the wait wasn't long. Wait staff was very friendly. They give you nice size portions for the price.

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Thank Keedra A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Mariachi Band of three was fun for us and grandkids. Cost was $15 per song. Good typical Mexican food and service was good. Air conditioning inside.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Got to the restaurant right before it opened. We were seated right away. There were 9 of us, so we were excited. Drinks came out quickly. We placed our food order and it took a long time before it was brought out. Other tables around us were served before we were. One couple got there after us, ate, and left... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our family is allergic to wheat and they did an awesome job with the gluten free menu and service. Very highly recommended

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 430 E. Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 210-225-6718
Description
Over the centuries, all who found their way to this area have been blessed by the river and the abundance of life that its water has provided. For the native American hunters and gatherers, the numerous deer, bear, mountain lions, alligators, raccoons, squirrels, cats, coyote and javelinas provided ample meat along with fish and water fowl.


The Spaniards, exploring their way north out of Mexico through deserts and semi-arid South Texas, found the timber, fertile soil, and clear water well suited for their purposes of settlement and colonization. The river, first named St. Anthony de Padua, was soon diverted into channels and acequias for irrigation of fields and household use.


The first bridge built to span the river was here at Commerce Street. The priests at the Alamo were afraid the easy access by the soldiers from the garrison would endanger the women of the mission. The bugle call of "El Deguello", from Santa Anna's army came from these banks. It signaled, no quarters, utter destruction, and no mercy for the defenders of the Alamo.


As the mission period gave way to a more established society, the river was used for numerous bath houses natatoriums, breweries, and mills. San Antonio began a romance with the river with festivals, fairs, parties and picnics on the banks.

The restaurant founded in 1946 by Alfred F. Beyer, sits on land first granted title in 1777 by the King of Spain. The Spanish Colonial period hacienda became the core of the new business. The cedar door and window lintels, the fireplace, and thick rock walls, are still evident inside the building.

Casa Rio was the first San Antonio business to open its doors to the River and take advantage of the River's setting. Canoes, gondolas, and paddle boats, evolving into tour and dinner boats, began here and helped create the Riverwalk of today.

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